One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus, CNN reports.
The man who works with Trump as one of the President's personal valets is a member of the US Navy, and reportedly showed obvious symptoms. The fact that someone with intimate contact with the President has tested positive for coronavirus escalates concerns about the Trump's level of exposure to the virus.
Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and other senior staffers who regularly interact with both men are still being tested weekly for coronavirus, two unnamed sources who are familiar told CNN.
The valets are members of an elite military unit dedicated to the White House and often work very close to the President and first family. Trump was upset when he was informed Wednesday that the valet had tested positive, a source told CNN, and he was subsequently tested again by the White House physician.
In a statement, the White House confirmed CNN's reporting that one of the President's valets had tested positive.
"We were recently notified by the White House Medical Unit that a member of the United States Military, who works on the White House campus, has tested positive for Coronavirus," deputy White House press secretary Hogan Gidley said in a statement. "The President and the Vice President have since tested negative for the virus and they remain in great health."
A White House source said the valet, a man who has not been identified, exhibited "symptoms" Wednesday morning, and said the news that someone close to Trump had tested positive for coronavirus was "hitting the fan" in the West Wing.
[Kaitlan Collins and Peter Morris, CNN]